When A Curse Turns Into Good Fortune

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A poor widow’s violation of the Edo state street trading law and an uncouth reprimand from the governor earns her a paid government job and two million grant. - By Victor Osehobo

There are many Nigerians who have written letters to the Edo state government asking for one form of financial assistance or the other. For some it is to pay off hospital bills at the state hospital after their spouses have been delivered of triplets. For others it is money to send their daughter with a hole in the heart for treatment in India. There is the parent of a 15 year old boy who was born with sickle cell but is now free of the infection for life as doctors at the University of Benin teaching Hospital, UBTH, performed a stem cell transplant on him and today he is genotype is AA.

Much Ado About Civil Service Recruitment

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Reactions have continued to trail the recruitment of environmental engineers in place of environmental managers by the Ministry of Environment through the Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC. - By Chris Onokpegu

The Public Service Rule chapter 2, section 1 - General Rule 020102 (V): Appointment by Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC states thus: “To qualify for this examination, candidates must possess an Honours Degree or Higher National Diploma not below upper credit in relevant disciples as provided for in the Schemes of Service. Final selection shall be made by the line Ministries/Extra Ministerial Offices in line with their requirements.”

Osun Monarch Blinded, Burnt Alive By Arsonists

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The peace of Ilase community in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State was cruelly violated by yet-to-be apprehended hoodlums who besieged the sleepy community and snuffed life out of the traditional ruler of the town, the Alase of Ilase-Ijesa, Oba Adesina Anibijuwon in an inhumane circumstance. - By Richard Akintade

The peace of Ilase community in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State was cruelly violated by yet-to-be apprehended hoodlums who besieged the sleepy community and snuffed life out of the traditional ruler of the town, the Alase of Ilase-Ijesa, Oba Adesina Anibijuwon in an inhumane circumstance.  The hoodlums paved way for free flow of tears from the eyes of the residents of the town when they set the palace of the 80-year-old physically impaired monarch and burnt him to death.

Oppressive Abia State Environmental Protection Agency: NBA To The Rescue

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Climate of Impunity is a 174- page Report by the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO. The report written by Frank Asogwah, Damian Ugwu and Chijioke Odom, and which is in a book form, graphically captures how security agencies in Nigeria, especially the police employ torture to extract confessions from suspects and suppress innocent Nigerians. If the nefarious activities of revenue agents in Abia State were to be written as a report, Climate of Impunity would be a child’s play. The rate at which these agents harass, intimidate and assault Abians, especially Aba residents came to a head few weeks ago when caution was thrown to the wind as youths, numbering over thirty, attacked the office of Panco Agencies, along Aba-Ikot-Ekpene Road, beat up the clerk and destroyed furniture and documents.

Youths who hail from Ogbor Hill autonomous community in Aba North local government, Nigerian Newsworld gathered, were said to be protesting the alleged beating of their traditional ruler, Eze Azu Egege by a yet unidentified revenue agent who thronged the area with policemen and thugs. Eyewitness accounts said that the youths also marched to the office of another agent, Uche Iroegbu where they also destroyed office equipment and later converged at the premises of Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Aba.

Franca Afegbua, An Icon Of Gender Politics

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The name Franca Afegbua surely rings a bell in Nigeria’s contemporary politics. In the annals of Nigerian politics, she’s the first elected female senator into the National Assembly. This piece is about her exploits as foremost Nigerian female politician. - By Joyce Remi- Babayeju

At a time Nigeria was still grappling with the rudiments of politics and a fledgling democracy, very few women entered into the political terrain in the country. The number of women playing politics then was minimal as it was believed that politics is the game of men.

Benue Teachers Forced To Go On Strike...

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The predicament of primary school pupils in Benue State appropriately captures the saying that when two elephants fight, the grass suffers the consequence. - By Kenneth Azahan and Sunday Ogli

The state of primary education in Benue state has for sometime been a subject of political horse trading. Teachers in Benue state have been in a running battle with the Benue state government over unpaid salaries and inability of the government to pay the agreed federal government minimum salary scale.

Furore Over Breach Of Contract In Abia

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It is a common saying among the Igbo that a tree, which gives an early sign of falling, does not kill anybody. Perhaps this informed the petition by an Aba-based legal practitioner, to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar over a threat to his life by an Abia monarch. - By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Barr. Chidi Agor, in a petition through Chief Solo Akuma (SAN) and Associates, entitled: “Threat to life of Chidi Agor ESQ by Eze Chiavoghilefu, Chairman of Osisioma Ngwa Traditional Rulers’ Council,” accused the monarch of threatening to kill him.

Closed Industries In Kano And Change In Power Sector

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Will the transformation in the power sector that has made the ubiquitous PHCN a part of our country’s history, result in resuscitation of the closed industries in Kano? - By Bello Fagge

Any country that is developing depends on the will of the leaders in the provision of necessary infrastructure for the citizenry to utilise. Such infrastructure includes good tarred road networks, good transport system, and water for both drinking and industrial usage. Above all these is power supply, which is the mother of the entire infrastructure and without which nothing works. Its lack creates a large market for electricity generating sets. Its use in commercial activities including manufacturing of goods and or rendering of services cannot be over emphasised. 

FCT’s Underage Street Traders

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For thousands of teenagers engaged in child labour in and around the FCT, daily existence for them is driven by survival instincts and full of uncertainties. - By Rita Onuoha

Okey Nwaokoye, 12, was run over by vehicle at the Mabushi bus stop in Abuja where he was selling plantain chips, known locally as Kpekere, and was rushed to Maitama General Hospital by a Good Samaritan at the scene of the accident. On his hospital bed, he narrated his life story. 
According to him, he lived with his aunty at Suleja, from where he comes to Abuja every morning to sell the goods. Okey is just one of thousands of children going through this predicament in and around Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Boy Axed For Witchcraft In Akwa Ibom

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Every child is seen as a precious gift from God and the coming of a child into a home brings lots of joy and blessings. However, owing to different cultures and traditions, the joy the child brings may sometimes be short-lived. This is because the dream of the child to be loved and cared for and provided with the basic things of life and every other thing may not be available at all times. - By Josephine Ehusani

It is however sad to note that some children are faced with some situation that to some extent they would have preferred not to be born at all. Such situations like lack of education, lack of appropriate environment to grow, sexual abuse and some other forms of molestations.

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